Making Christian Decisions

Making Christian Decisions

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English
142 Pages

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The life of faith in God constantly involves thinking for others, acting in concern for other people. Reflection upon such action involves Christian ethics. As individuals we are concerned with personal ethics in our relationships with other individuals. As persons in society and members of the Christian community, we are concerned with social ethics, with relationships in society as a whole and in Christian responsibility towards all human beings.
The purpose of this thought-provoking book is to provide an account of the implications of God's love for our response to a number of highly particular and urgent ethical issues in the modern world. In it, George Newlands examines the major issues of the Church and the social order, peace and war in a nuclear age, personal relationships -- sex and moral values, legal and medical ethical issues -- respect for life and respect for persons, and the meaning of justice within the conflicting interests of society. What Dr. Newlands offers are not authoritative pronouncements on these issues, but considered suggestions, and he shows how no area of life is excluded from the reality, and the opportunity, of making Christian decisions.

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Wipf and Stock Publishers 199 W 8th Ave, Suite 3 Eugene, OR 97401 Making Christian Decisions By Newlands, George M. Copyright©1985 by Newlands, George M. ISBN 13: 978-1-55635-916-3 Publication date 4/9/2008 Previously published by A. R. Mowbray & Co. Ltd., 1985
Traces of Liberality
Series Foreword
he ile of is series,Traces of Liberaliy, aemps o indicae e rajecory of a eological pilgrimage. he series brings ogeer un-der one rubric a series of books, produced over a long period, wic ave soug o undersand in differen dimensions a Crisian undersanding of God as uncondiional love, and o spell ou e consequences for Crisian acion in sociey of a cenral convic-ion. he concern is for bo God and for umaniy, forhe God of Love and Human Digniy,as e Fesscrit produced by kind friends expresses i. I is inended o republis again my books as a conneced enerprise under is ile as and wen is becomes pos-sible, in e ope a readers may be encouraged o ake up some of ese emes for emselves and ake em furer. If anying of is ever occurs, e projec will ave been eminenly worwile. InExegesis and Meod in Hilary of Poiiers(1978) I examined e developmen of e commenary form in e Early Curc, (a surprising lacuna in Parisic sudy) and is implicaions for e radiion of Biblical inerpreaion. his led o a reconsideraion of e basis of Crisian sysemaic eology as e uncondiional love of God in Jesus Cris, wic appeared as a monograp eniled heology of e Love of God(1980). Here conceps of e love of God
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Series Foreword become e leimoif for reappraisal of e relaionsip beween creaion and redempion. Some wider implicaions were developed in relaion o ecclesi-ology and o Crisian eics in wo sorer sudies in a less ecni-cal syle,he Curc of God(1984) andMakingCrisian Decisions (1985). Again e conrolling eme of e love of God is e basis of a re-imagining of radiional dogmaic emes and eir praci-cal oupus in eical decision making. he enerprise of reinking sysemaic eology as a consrucive ermeneuical envelope was developed on a larger scale inGod in Crisian Perspecive(1994), he basic rus ere is e insisence a e Crisian undersand-ing of God is a muli-faceed model wic draws on Crisology and Triniy, fai and pracice in communiy. he vision is widened roug engagemen wi e emancipaory eologies, posmoder-niy, and poliical eory, wile reinking e underlying framework of e divine love, inGenerosiy and e Crisian Fuure(1997), e Henson Lecures, 1995. A is poin I was concerned o make explici a conscious siu-aion of my work wi e Scois liberal-evangelical eological radiion, and was graned firs access o e uncaalogued leers and papers of Jon Baillie. he resul was a eological biograpy of e Baillie broers, racing e ineracion of eir eology wiin e culure in wic ey worked, and reassessing eir key role in e developmen of modern Scois eology (Jon and Donald Baillie,Transalanic heology, 2002). Pursuing furer is rajecory I came o undersand an evangelical open eology as a conribuion o uman flourising in a Crisomorpic dialecical engagemen wi culure, local and cosmopolian. he fruis of is invesigaion appear inhe Transformaive Imaginaion—Reinking Inerculural heology(2004). his comparaive sudy of eology and culure, roug e ars, e sciences, poliical and uman rigs issues leads o a recon-cepion of e mysery of God in a posfoundaional frame. he u-man rigs secion of is monograp was en developed, especially
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Series Foreword roug a rerieval of e isory of inerpreaion, rougCris and HumanRigs—he Transformaive Engagemen(2006). here exiss lile explici reamen of Crisology in relaion o rigs. Examinaion of rigs reveals ensions, ambiguiies and conflics, consrucing a Crisology wic cenres on a Cris of e vulner-able and e margins. he eme was developed in a more universal framework inHospiable God(2009) wi Allen Smi. A selecion of essays wi a full personal bibliograpy,Traces of Liberaliy(2005) ecoes e series ile. No included in e series are a version of e uman rigs sudy in succinc form inFai and Human Rigsco- (2008), auored wi Ricard Amesbury,Fity Key Crisian hinkers(2004) wi Peer McEnill,Believing inhe Tex(2004) wi David Jasper,Scois Crisianiy in e Modern World, Essays in onour ofA. C. Ceyne (wi S. J. Brown, 2000) and an edied group of essays by G. W. H. Lampe (1980).
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